I’ve written before about how some of the lesser-known relatives of big stars have had nice careers of their own, even if not to the heights of their famous kin. Johnny Cash’s brother Tommy is one, and another would be Dave Loggins, whose famous cousin Kenny has certainly made a bigger splash, with countless hit songs and a couple of Grammy wins. But Dave has a few awards too, and something Kenny doesn’t — in addition to a big pop music hit, he’s also had a song rocket to the top of the country music charts.
In case you’ve forgotten, Dave Loggin’s pop hit was his 1974 mega-seller, “Please Come To Boston,” a song that seemed to be on the radio almost continuously at that time. The Tennessee-born singer wrote the song too, and in the years since it’s been recorded by everybody from Joan Baez to country singers like Tammy Wynette, Glenn Campbell and Willie Nelson.
Songwriting has always been one of Loggin’s strengths, and he’s furnished a lot of good music to other stars. Three Dog Night’s “Pieces Of April” was one of his, and a lot of country singers have loved his songs too. Wynonna Judd, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire and others have recorded his music, and Kenny Rogers had a number-one hit with his “Morning Desire.”
Ironically, Loggins didn’t write the song that ended up being his own top country hit, and he also had a little luck in his choice of a singing partner. His 1984 duet with Anne Murray on the love song, “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do,” proved to be a winner — not only with fans, but also by taking home numerous awards.
In 1995 Loggins was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, continuing to prove that the Loggins family is one talented clan.